Discussions of “thinking and flawed decisions” arising in the Systems Science Working Group naturally brought the topic of Pragmatic Truth and all its bedeviled vicissitudes back to this Peircean’s mind.
I have often observed how belief systems act in a way like immune systems, generating “antibodies” to combat the “antigens” of any ideas beyond their comfort zones.
Elsewhere, I described these phenomena under the heading of Information Resistance.
- The hardest thing to understand about information is people’s resistance to it.
The locus pragmaticus for the study of belief systems and the impact of information and inquiry on them is C.S. Peirce’s “The Fixation of Belief”. See the preceding post in this series for comment and links.
- Peirce, C.S. (1877), “The Fixation of Belief”, Popular Science Monthly 12, 1–15.